Water-related Education Materials for Grades 7-8

The following are suggested lesson plans for water-related activities in the seventh and eighth grade classrooms:

 

Featured Activities

New activities from The Water Project, available for direct download!

Water Use
This includes enough activities for an entire lesson on water use!

Water Use Powerpoint: This slideshow can be a useful introduction to your lesson

Water Hunt: For documenting household water use

Are You Dehydrated?
This fun activity about dehydration and the health importance of water is done both inside the classroom and at home:

Dehydration Powerpoint

Dehydration Handout

Be Healthy, Drink Water Worksheet

The following stand-alone activities are age-appropriate for Grades 7-8:

Interactive Games:

EPA’s Interactive Water Cycle
View a short animation to learn about the stages of the water cycle

EPA’s Interactive Water Treatment Cycle
Learn about the water treatment cycle and appropriate vocabulary words with this interactive poster

Understanding Watersheds
Watch a video to explain what a watershed is

Thirstin’s Matching Fun Facts Game
Play a matching game to see how much water we use for everyday chores

Thirstin’s Interactive Q&A Game
Test your water knowledge with an interactive water trivia game

EPA’s Interactive Build Your Own Aquifer
Learn what aquifers are, how they work, and why they are important

EPA’s Interactive Water Filtration Lesson
Learn how water is filtered, and follow the instructions to make your own water filter

Word Games:

Water Word Search
Search for water vocabulary words

Groundwater Word Search
Search for groundwater vocabulary words

Tap Water Delivers Crossword Puzzle
A crossword puzzle that helps to teach about the delivery of tap water

Water Cycle Crossword Puzzle
A crossword puzzle that helps to teach about the water cycle

Groundwater Crossword Puzzle
A crossword puzzle that helps to teach about groundwater

Groundwater Contamination Crossword
Use this crossword puzzle to help teach about sources of groundwater contamination

Clean Water Maze
Help the children get to the clean water faucet

Water Cryptogram
Complete the water-related phrase

Water Challenge Word Search
Find vocabulary words from The Water Project’s Water Challenge

Fact Sheets and Quizzes:

Tap Water True/False Quiz
Take this quiz to test your knowledge about tap water:

Drinking Water Bloopers
Learn how much water is wasted when we aren’t thoughtful about water conservation

EPA’s Water Facts of Life
Learn some fun facts about the life of water, and water in your life.

EPA’s Water Trivia
Learn 45 facts about water

Bulletin Board Ideas:

Water Education Posters from the US Geological Survey: Each poster comes with an educational section describing components of the poster and activities to help children understand the concepts introduced.  All are available either online or as PDF versions.  Click the link for your preferred method of delivery.

Activities:

Teach students about rain gardens using the following exercises:

Monitor your household water usage by becoming your own Water Meter Reader

Indicating Insects
Assess the quality of streams by counting the kinds of insects that live in the water

Aquifers and Recharge Areas
Create a model of an aquifer and demonstrate the importance of protecting recharge areas

Groundwater Movement
See how groundwater moves through different kinds of sediment